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Announcements for the weeks of May 2 and 9

Personal Announcements

New England Transfer Association Leadership Appreciation award

Jude Tomasino, associate director of Records/Transfer and Business Administration adjunct faculty member, was recently presented with the New England Transfer Association's Leadership Appreciation award for his dedication, expertise and commitment to NETA, higher education and the field of transfer. Tomasino is president of NETA and also has served as a member of the organization's governing board, professional development chairman and vice president/conference chairman.

Digital Community Colleges Survey ranking

The Community College of Rhode Island was ranked No. 8 most "technology savvy" community college nationwide by the Center for Digital Education in its 2015-16 Digital Community Colleges Survey. Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless networks. Learn more about this recognition on the Center for Digital Education website.

Students recognized at International Career Development Conference

Members of the Liston and Knight Campus Collegiate DECA, along with DECA advisers Joanne Orabone and Cecile Roberti, attended the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Washington, D.C., and returned with outstanding success stories.

  • Both the Liston and Knight chapters were recognized for the achievement of the Presidential Leadership Passport Award. This award encourages local chapters and individual members to plan activities and participate in events that enhance the experiences of members.
  • Individual Gold Leadership Passport Awards were presented to: Nina Soares, Thao Dang, Daniela Soriano, Suzan Erkesin, Justin Waktins, Rosseline Bencosme and Vincent Vozzella.
  • Receiving individual Blue Leadership Passport Awards were: Jonathan Lopez, Marcus Bonnenberg and Cesar Michitrujillo.
  • Additionally, the ICDC focuses on career competencies and, this year, Daniela Soriano received a medal for advancing to the finals in Human Resources Management.
  • Certificates of Excellence are awarded to students competing in either case studies or role-play business simulations with an overall score of 70 percent or higher. The following students earned certificates of excellence: Daniela Soriano, Human Resources Management; Nina Soares, Accounting Principles; and Justin Watkins, Marketing Management.
  • The Collegiate DECA Academic Honor Award was presented to Nina Soares, Thao Dang, Justin Watkins and Vincent Vozzella. To receive this award, a student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have demonstrated participation in Collegiate DECA activities, leadership and community service.
  • Chapter Leadership Awards were presented to Nina Soares, Thao Dang and Suzan Erkeskin.
  • Nina Soares received a State Leadership Award.
  • The Liston Chapter received a Community Service Award for its ongoing work with the Rhode Island Food Bank.

Additionally, members of the Liston Chapter attended the annual DECA Northeast Regional NSO Competition at Johnson & Wales University in February. Nina Soares placed first in the Accounting Principles competition and received a $150 scholarship from the Rhode Island Association of Accounting Professors, and Daniela Soriano placed second in the Human Resource Management competition.

We are so proud of our CCRI DECA members!

-- Joanne Orabone, Liston Collegiate DECA adviser

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New Announcements

CITLA Spring Symposium

Join Laurie L. Grupp, Ph.D., as she presents an interactive workshop on effective course design and intentional pedagogy, an approach that encourages us to be more mindful of the types of student engagement that we promote, at the CITLA Spring Symposium from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Participants will learn how to incorporate active learning techniques that motivate students to engage with course content, the instructor and one another.

Learn more and RSVP.

Upcoming Performing Arts events

  • A choral concert featuring the chorus and chamber singers will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. Admission is free.
  • A student jazz recital featuring applied jazz students will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus. Admission is free.
  • A student piano recital featuring performances by applied piano students will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus. Admission is free.
  • A student instrumental recital featuring performances by applied classical instrumental students will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in Room 0540, at the Knight Campus. Admission is free.

CCRI Alex and Ani bangle

The CCRI Alex and Ani charm bangle is available at all four CCRI Bookstore locations and on the Bookstore website. Proceeds from the sale of the CCRI bangles, which feature the college's seal, will provide financial assistance for students through Alumni Association scholarships and book awards. The bangle can make the perfect graduation gift.

Baseball game

A home game will be held 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, vs.Holyoke Community College at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Events This Week

Safe Zone training

The Safe Zone Project is a nationally recognized program that equips individuals with the tools they need to be allies within the LGBTQ community. The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative will offer a Safe Zone training at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in Room 1134 at the Liston Campus. All members of the CCRI community are welcome to attend. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Forsstrom at 825-2024 or by email.

safezoneIf you see the Safe Zone symbol (see image) on campus, it means the person in that office has had special training and is attuned to the needs of and issues that often follow the LGBTQ community.

Forsstrom also is available to talk to classes and departments about Safe Zone and offer training to employees and students. Trainings take approximately two hours and are best in a group of eight to 12. Please contact her to set up an appointment.

'Whine and Cheese'

"Whine and Cheese," a Fine Arts seminar show, will be on display through May 4 in Room 3500, the Knight Campus Art Gallery.

Upcoming Performing Arts events

AFLAC open enrollment

VALIC retirement

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Ongoing News and Events

Foundation speaker program sponsorships

The CCRI Foundation is proud to support faculty and staff who seek to provide co-curricular enrichment for students and professional development opportunities for their colleagues by inviting speakers to campus to address topics of interest and relevance. The Foundation provides a maximum of $750 to cover costs of honoraria, security, refreshments and travel for speaking events open to the college community and the public. Up to four sponsorships are available each year. The deadline to apply is May 15. Visit the Foundation website to learn more and apply.

Wine-tasting and networking event

The CCRI Alumni Association will host a wine-tasting and networking event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Chris Gasbarro's Fine Wines & Spirits in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle while enjoying samplings of wine and food provided by the renowned Kenneth Watt, executive chef of Watt's Cookin'. The event also will include a raffle.

Ticket cost is $45 per person. All guests must be 21 or older. Purchase tickets online.

CCRI 5K run/walk

runThe college will host its second annual CCRI 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Take advantage of early bird pricing. General registration costs $18; for CCRI students with valid student ID, the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5. Pricing will increase on June 1. Register online.

Technical writing survey

CCRI Technical Writing students have developed a survey and are interested in your opinions on life issues.Take the survey now. It will take only a few minutes.

Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

The Community College of Rhode Island Alumni Association will hold its 14th Annual Golf Tournament on June 15 at Crystal Lake Golf Club.Proceeds raised through this event will help the Alumni Association provide tuition assistance and emergency funds for college expenses as well as money to buy textbooks and supplies. Online registration is now available.

Clothing drive

The Flanagan Campus DECA Chapter is collecting clothing to donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State organization. Clothing of any size can be left on the first floor in the faculty area at the Flanagan Campus. Please label donations "Lincoln DECA, attention Jon Plante."

Biology workshop

For the first time, CCRI will host the New England Biology Association of Two-year Colleges biology teachers' workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 19 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will feature roundtable discussions, lab presentations and a keynote speaker.

Faculty from community colleges throughout New England will participate in this event. There will be a keynote speaker, the presentation of research and laboratory activities, a poster session and a round table discussion concerning issues affecting two-year colleges. Past conferences have focused on curriculum development, lab activities, and trends in pedagogy. This conference provides an opportunity for the college community to discuss the thrills, challenges and pitfalls that affect the community college.

All administrators, faculty and staff are invited to attend. The conference is open to all and is free of charge.

Film project

Did you or your family live in a triple-decker house? I am consulting on a documentary film project about triple-deckers and am seeking people who would like to be interviewed. Please contact me 825-2169 or by email.

-- Kate Dunnigan

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Do you have questions about teaching and student learning that you would like to turn into research questions and hypotheses that can be answered empirically? Join the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning faculty learning community and work with a group of like-minded faculty who are also researching meaningful questions about their teaching and their students learning. For more information and to complete an application, visit

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Human Resources
Announcement Corner

In addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Policies and procedures

As part of CCRI's commitment to keeping employees up to date about its policies and procedures, the Office of Human Resources is asking that you take a few minutes to review the following:

If you should have any questions about either of these policies and procedures please call Human Resources at 825-2311.

RIHETC Annual Summer Institute

Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium (RIHETC) will hold its Annual Summer Institute on Thursday, June 30, at Providence College.

Dr. Maura Cullen, nationally known speaker and author, will present two workshops around the topic of building an inclusive campus. Cullen is widely considered one of the nation's foremost authorities on issues of diversity and inclusion. With over 30 years of experience as a trainer and keynote speaker, she has been referred to as being the best there is at simplifying the complex issues of diversity in an entertaining and educational manner.

Workshop times and descriptions are as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - "Taking Adversity out of Diversity."
    • This honest and engaging program will inspire people to create more inclusive communities. Our biggest challenge in achieving this goal is our fear of being judged and misunderstood. This fear prevents good people from taking meaningful action. At times we are so afraid of saying the "wrong" thing that we make the biggest mistake of all, which is to say nothing. Our patterns of communication are vital to our success when exploring such explosive issues as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, disabilities, age and religion. This award-winning session gets beyond our fear of saying the wrong thing and teaches more effective and compassionate ways to connect.
  • 12:30 to 4 p.m. - "Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say."
    • We often make statements intended to be supportive or complimentary, but end up being problematic. Meant as joining statements, these remarks often have the opposite effect and end up creating a larger divide. Participants will gain knowledge of communication traps, how to avoid them and what tools to use in their place.

Biweekly employees may register for one or both of these sessions. Seats are limited, so be sure to register early. If interested, please contact Michelle O'Brien in the Office of Human Resources at 825-2311 to register.

AFLAC open enrollment

An AFLAC representative will be on CCRI campuses to discuss available programs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 3, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Wednesday, May 4, outside the cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Thursday, May 5, in the Atrium at the Newport County Campus.

This is an opportunity to review policies available to state of Rhode Island employees, including personal disability income protector, accident indemnity advantage, cancer care indemnity and specified health event protection. If you are already enrolled, you can make an appointment to review current policies, which may be eligible for upgrades. Policies are offered through payroll deduction and most of the programs can be purchased on a pretax basis during open enrollment.

Contact Doreen Sylvia 401-286-2871 or email to schedule a personal appointment. Everyone who makes an appointment and meets with Doreen will receive a $5 Dunkin' Donuts card.

VALIC retirement

VALIC retirementrepresentative Garfield Davidson can help you develop a plan for your financial goals, dreams and life's journey. Biweekly employees who are interested in scheduling an appointment can contact Garfield at 401-413-2920 or via email.

He will be on campus and available for private consultation meetings throughout the year. View the full schedule online. Upcoming sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. according to the following schedule:

  • May 3, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • May 4, Room 2240 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • May 26, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.
  • June 1, Room 2240 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • June 2, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • June 6, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • June 7, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.

2016 TIAA-CREF counseling sessions

TIAA-CREF representative Dan Samson will be available for private consultation meetings from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. according to the following schedule:

Knight Campus
  • Tuesdays, July 12 and Oct. 11, in Room 3116.
Flanagan Campus
  • Tuesdays, July 19 and Oct. 18, in Room 2138.
Liston Campus
  • Wednesday Oct. 19, in Room 1134.

The one-on-one counseling session can help you sort things out and make informed decisions. Setting up a long-term financial plan can be a complicated task. The sessions involve evaluating your potential income sources and then factoring in the impact of taxes, inflation and the larger economic picture.

Biweekly employees who are interested in scheduling an appointment for one-on-one counseling can call 1-800-732-8353. Learn more about TIAA-CREF.

New hires

  • Dennis Belanger Jr. has been hired as an academic adviser for the Joint Admissions Agreement in Advising and Counseling at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Michelle Farrell has been hired as an enrollment services representative in the Office of Enrollment Services at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Jennifer Nelligan has been hired as an information services technician I in the Nursing Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 5/3/16